The rapid escalation of the Anna Hazare campaign, aided by embracing the media as allies, compromised its political character in numerous ways. Political participation as a critique of the status quo has to exist both inside and outside the media spectacle. Visibility can be experienced as fulfilling, but when the image becomes the destination of politics, it is a trap.

Why has the Anna Hazare movement against corruption steered clear of people’s movements, and why have the latter behaved likewise towards the Hazare agitation? Manoranjan Mohanty (“People’s Movements and the Anna Upsurge”, EPW, 17 September 2011) is despondent about this gap between the two. The reasons are obvious and are to be found in the very observations Mohanty makes.

Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare has criticised Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for making a pro-Lavasa statement.

Why is it that the Anna Hazare-led movement against corruption does not seek to have the Lokpal cover NGOs, corporate houses and the corporate media?

In a softening of stand, social activist Anna Hazare on Friday told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel and Law and Justice that it would be acceptable to his team if the government b

The Lokayukta Bill passed recently by the Uttarakhand Assembly is closer to Team Anna’s Jan Lokpal version than the one drafted by the UPA.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare that his government is not only committed to an effective Lokpal law but also working on a comprehensive agenda to era

Both civil society and government have travelled a long way on the Lokpal Bill. The official Bill is a much improved version of earlier efforts. Most of the key elements for a strong and effective law are in place. What remain are differences on whether the Lokpal should cover all civil servants, at the centre and the states, and whether the office should also redress public grievances. A huge Lokpal will lose focus and itself become an oppressor; a more nuanced approach is thus called for. Civil society groups need to bridge their differences and carry the Bill through its last stage.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee examining the Lokpal Bill was learnt to be seized with the issue of including corporate sector and NGOs within the purview of the proposed anti-corruption ombud

Faced with MPs complaints regarding alleged corruption in the implementation of rural job guarantee scheme NREGS, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday faulted elected MPs for their